1. set sb back
[no passive] (informal) to cost somebody a particular amount of moneyThe repairs could set you back over £200.
(informal home loan) a legal agreement by which a bank or similar organization lends you money to buy a house, etc., and you pay the money back over a particular number of years; the sum of money that you borrowto apply for/take out/pay off a mortgagemortgage rates (= of interest)a mortgage on the housea mortgage of £60 000monthly mortgage payments
3. have/give/allow free rein
to give somebody complete freedom of action; to allow a feeling to be expressed freelyThe designer was given free rein.The script allows full rein to her larger-than-life acting style.When I paint I just give my imagination free rein.
rough and tumble (of something) a situation in which people compete with each other and are aggressive in order to get what they wantthe rough and tumble of politics
5. more than meets the eye
there is more to somebody/something than meets the eye
a person or thing is more complicated or interesting than you might think at first
6. ferret out
ferret out somebody
ferret somebody out
(informal) to discover information or to find somebody/something by searching thoroughly, asking a lot of questions, etc.He is determined to ferret out the truth about what happened.
7. full of beans
(of a person) having a lot of energy
[usually singular] something that is not worth what you pay for it$70 for a T-shirt! What a rip-off!
a person or business that is dishonest and only interested in making money quickly
10. around the clock
all day and all night without stopping
11. tip off
(informal) to warn somebody about something that is going to happen, especially something illegalThree men were arrested after police were tipped off about the raid.tip somebody off that… They were tipped off that he might be living in Wales.
12. talk turkey
(informal, especially North American English) to talk about something seriously
13. the name of the game
(informal) the most important aspect of an activity; the most important quality needed for an activityHard work is the name of the game if you want to succeed in business.
devoid of something completely lacking in somethingThe letter was devoid of warmth and feeling.The land is almost devoid of vegetation.
15. shy away from
to avoid doing something because you are nervous or frightenedHugh never shied away from his responsibilities.The newspapers have shied away from investigating the story.
16. on the house
drinks or meals that are on the house are provided free by the pub/bar or restaurant and you do not have to payHave a drink on the house.
17. at loggerheads
at loggerheads (with somebody) (over something)
in strong disagreementThe two governments are still at loggerheads over the island.
18. take sb for a ride
(informal) to cheat or trick somebodyIt's not a pleasant feeling to discover you've been taken for a ride by someone you trusted.
1. [intransitive] to become weaker or less effectivesynonym waverThe economy shows no signs of faltering.Her courage never faltered.
2. [intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to speak in a way that shows that you are not confidentHis voice faltered as he began his speech.
20. hit the books (AmE, Australia, spoken, inf)
mainly US and Australian English informal
› to study hard:I can't go out tonight. I need to hit the books.
21. bring home the bacon
(informal) to be successful at something; to earn money for your family to live on
His friends had all gone to college or were bringing home the bacon.
22. on the hour
at each hour on the hour mark. I have to take this medicine every hour on the hour. I expect to see you there on the hour, not one minute before andnot one minute after.
(formal) a formal agreement between two or more people or countriesThe government has signed a compact of free association.The support will continue under a compact which runs until 2010.
a meal to which each guest brings some food, which is then shared out among the guests
25. mean buisiness
(informal) to be serious in your intentionsHe has the look of a man who means business.
[intransitive] huddle (up/together) (+ adv./prep.) (of people or animals) to gather closely together, usually because of cold or fearWe huddled together for warmth.They all huddled around the fire.People huddled up close to each other.
1. a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger pieceShe stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater.
2. a small piece or amounta few crumbs of useful information
28. kick upstairs
(informal) to move somebody to a job that seems to be more important but which actually has less power or influence